The statistics below represent IT contracts advertised across the UK that had Systems Administrator featuring in the job title. Included is a guide to the contractor rates offered over the 3 months to 30 August 2016 with a comparison to same period over 2 years.

Note that daily contractor rates and hourly contractor rates are treated separately. When calculating average contractor rates, daily rates are not derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

3 months to
30 Aug 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
System Administrator (SysAdmin)
Rank 276 295 306
Rank change year-on-year
+19 +11
Contract jobs requiring a Systems Administrator 468 447 382
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.87% 0.78% 0.69%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.91% 0.82% 0.73%
Number of daily rates quoted 350 295 229
Median daily rate £390 £363 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.58% +11.53%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £228 £213
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £475 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £361 £350 £320
% change year-on-year
+3.21% +9.37%
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 33 27
Median hourly rate £26.25 £21.50 £24.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+22.09% -12.24%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.69 £15.00 £14.98
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.46 £55.00 £28.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.23 £21.50 £24.50
% change year-on-year
+96.41% -12.24%

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Job Titles category in contract jobs advertised across the UK. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such the figures in the first row provide an indication of the total number of contract jobs in the overall sample.

Job Titles Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
51191 54614 52615
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 94.69% 94.95% 94.55%
Number of daily rates quoted 33346 34728 31784
Median daily rate £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.25% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £255 £250 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £390 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+4.00% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1648 2049 2054
Median hourly rate £17.00 £17.33 £17.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-1.90% +1.94%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.88 £11.00 £10.57
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £42.50 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.50 £17.00 £16.72
% change year-on-year
-2.94% +1.67%

Systems Administrator
Jobs Demand Trend

The demand trend of IT contracts that featured Systems Administrator in the job title.

Systems Administrator Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

Systems Administrator
Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Systems Administrator within the UK.

Systems Administrator Daily Rate Trend in the UK

Systems Administrator
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Systems Administrator within the UK over the 3 months to 30 August 2016.

Systems Administrator Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

Systems Administrator
Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Systems Administrator within the UK.

Systems Administrator Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

Systems Administrator
Hourly Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Systems Administrator within the UK over the 3 months to 30 August 2016.

Systems Administrator Hourly Rate Histogram in the UK

Systems Administrator
Top 30 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Systems Administrator within the UK over the 3 months to 30 August 2016. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location
(Click see detailed
statistics and trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England +27 449 £390 +7.58% 106
London +20 239 £400 +6.66% 49
South East +10 81 £409 +23.86% 23
City of London +33 49 £400 +8.54% 14
North West +32 28 £325 -7.14% 9
North East +1 26 £300 -17.24% 3
East of England -3 26 £340 -15.00% 5
Surrey -5 24 £475 +43.93% 5
Tyne and Wear -11 24 £300 -17.24% 3
Newcastle upon Tyne -7 23 £300 -17.24% 3
Manchester +8 22 £250 -28.57% 7
Berkshire +11 21 £459 +43.35% 2
South West +6 21 £375 +15.38% 2
Yorkshire -5 15 £348 +26.36% 9
Cambridgeshire +7 13 £340 -12.82% 2
Scotland -12 12 £425 +21.42%
Hampshire +1 10 £338 +2.89% 3
Oxfordshire -3 10 £400 +10.34% 2
Edinburgh -6 10 £425 +4.61%
Cambridge +2 9 £340 -15.00% 1
West Midlands -39 9 £333 -4.86% 4
Hertfordshire +9 8 £358 -32.73% 1
West Yorkshire +3 8 £345 +40.81% 6
Buckinghamshire +9 7 £275 -31.25% 2
Wiltshire +2 7 £340 +3.03%
Bristol -3 7 £375 +15.38% 2
Windsor - 7 £500 -
Reading +10 6 £350 +6.06% 2
Leeds +5 6 £345 +25.45% 6
Swindon +7 5 £340 +18.26%

Systems Administrator Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 30 August 2016, Systems Administrator contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads featuring Systems Administrator in the job title.

1 528 (60.07%) Linux
2 324 (36.86%) Windows
3 292 (33.22%) Unix
4 264 (30.03%) Red Hat
5 258 (29.35%) VMware
6 255 (29.01%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 220 (25.03%) Finance
8 197 (22.41%) Puppet
9 186 (21.16%) Solaris
10 185 (21.05%) Active Directory
11 165 (18.77%) SAN
12 163 (18.54%) Microsoft
13 156 (17.75%) VMware Infrastructure
14 150 (17.06%) Windows Server
15 149 (16.95%) DNS
16 137 (15.59%) Perl
17 134 (15.24%) ITIL
17 134 (15.24%) PowerShell
18 125 (14.22%) Windows Server 2008
18 125 (14.22%) DevOps
19 119 (13.54%) Apache
20 118 (13.42%) Oracle
20 118 (13.42%) SQL
21 115 (13.08%) Python
22 102 (11.60%) Configuration Management
23 100 (11.38%) EMC
24 98 (11.15%) HP
25 97 (11.04%) Migration
26 95 (10.81%) Veritas
26 95 (10.81%) Bash Shell

Systems Administrator Skill Set
Top Related IT Skills by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 119 (13.54%) Apache
2 75 (8.53%) Tomcat
3 50 (5.69%) MS Exchange
4 40 (4.55%) IIS
5 31 (3.53%) WebLogic
5 31 (3.53%) WebSphere
6 26 (2.96%) Exchange Server 2010
7 25 (2.84%) SharePoint
8 22 (2.50%) nginx
9 15 (1.71%) Exchange Server 2013
9 15 (1.71%) Skype for Business
10 13 (1.48%) OpenStack
11 12 (1.37%) JBoss
12 10 (1.14%) BizTalk Server
12 10 (1.14%) Elasticsearch
13 8 (0.91%) Exchange Server 2007
14 7 (0.80%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
15 6 (0.68%) SharePoint 2013
16 5 (0.57%) Confluence
17 4 (0.46%) FileNet
Applications
1 54 (6.14%) MS Excel
2 15 (1.71%) MS Office
3 2 (0.23%) HipChat
4 1 (0.11%) MS PowerPoint
4 1 (0.11%) MS Visio
4 1 (0.11%) RoboHelp
Business Applications
1 7 (0.80%) ResourceLink
1 7 (0.80%) Unit4 Business World
2 3 (0.34%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 3 (0.34%) Teamcenter
3 2 (0.23%) Infor M3
3 2 (0.23%) Oracle Financials
4 1 (0.11%) Dynamics CRM
4 1 (0.11%) HFM
4 1 (0.11%) OpenCart
4 1 (0.11%) Oracle EBS
4 1 (0.11%) SAP HR
4 1 (0.11%) Temenos T24
Cloud Services
1 85 (9.67%) Amazon AWS
2 22 (2.50%) Office 365
3 19 (2.16%) AWS CloudFormation
4 18 (2.05%) Amazon S3
5 17 (1.93%) Amazon EC2
5 17 (1.93%) Microsoft Azure
6 8 (0.91%) SaaS
7 7 (0.80%) GitHub
8 3 (0.34%) Amazon ELB
8 3 (0.34%) CloudFront
8 3 (0.34%) OpenShift
9 2 (0.23%) Adobe Analytics
9 2 (0.23%) Amazon CloudWatch
9 2 (0.23%) Amazon ElastiCache
9 2 (0.23%) AWS CloudTrail
9 2 (0.23%) DigitalOcean
9 2 (0.23%) Google Analytics
9 2 (0.23%) Linode
10 1 (0.11%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
10 1 (0.11%) Azure Active Directory
Communications & Networking
1 165 (18.77%) SAN
2 149 (16.95%) DNS
3 84 (9.56%) Firewall
4 79 (8.99%) NAS
5 66 (7.51%) TCP/IP
6 65 (7.39%) DHCP
7 38 (4.32%) Internet
8 32 (3.64%) LDAP
9 28 (3.19%) LAN
9 28 (3.19%) SSL
10 26 (2.96%) WAN
11 21 (2.39%) Network Security
11 21 (2.39%) VPN
12 18 (2.05%) HTTP
13 16 (1.82%) Fibre Channel
13 16 (1.82%) X.509
14 15 (1.71%) SSH
15 14 (1.59%) Cisco Nexus
15 14 (1.59%) iSCSI
16 13 (1.48%) Cisco ASA
Database & Business Intelligence
1 84 (9.56%) MySQL
2 72 (8.19%) SQL Server
3 34 (3.87%) PostgreSQL
4 21 (2.39%) SQL Server 2012
5 20 (2.28%) SQL Server 2008
6 15 (1.71%) SQL Server 2005
7 13 (1.48%) DB2
8 12 (1.37%) Hadoop
9 11 (1.25%) Big Data
9 11 (1.25%) Oracle Database
10 9 (1.02%) MongoDB
11 7 (0.80%) BusinessObjects
12 6 (0.68%) Apache Cassandra
13 5 (0.57%) NoSQL
14 3 (0.34%) Data Lake
14 3 (0.34%) QlikView
14 3 (0.34%) Relational Database
14 3 (0.34%) SQL Server Reporting Services
15 2 (0.23%) Apache Hive
15 2 (0.23%) DataStage
Development Applications
1 44 (5.01%) Git (software)
2 33 (3.75%) Jenkins
3 28 (3.19%) Subversion
4 21 (2.39%) JIRA
5 19 (2.16%) TeamCity
6 12 (1.37%) Sonatype Nexus
7 11 (1.25%) Hudson
8 10 (1.14%) Eclipse
8 10 (1.14%) Vagrant
9 7 (0.80%) Octopus Deploy
10 6 (0.68%) Atlassian Bamboo
11 4 (0.46%) GitLab
11 4 (0.46%) Team Foundation Server
11 4 (0.46%) Travis CI
12 3 (0.34%) Bitbucket
12 3 (0.34%) Maven
13 2 (0.23%) Ant
13 2 (0.23%) ClearCase
13 2 (0.23%) ClearQuest
13 2 (0.23%) Introscope
General
1 220 (25.03%) Finance
2 86 (9.78%) Banking
3 27 (3.07%) Back Office
4 19 (2.16%) Law
4 19 (2.16%) Publishing
5 16 (1.82%) Investment Banking
6 13 (1.48%) Marketing
7 11 (1.25%) Telecoms
8 10 (1.14%) Advertising
9 8 (0.91%) International Banking
10 7 (0.80%) Games
11 4 (0.46%) Financial Institution
11 4 (0.46%) Manufacturing
12 3 (0.34%) Electronics
12 3 (0.34%) Legal
13 2 (0.23%) French Language
13 2 (0.23%) Multimedia
13 2 (0.23%) Retail
14 1 (0.11%) Billing
14 1 (0.11%) German Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 45 (5.12%) LAMP
2 23 (2.62%) Middleware
3 22 (2.50%) Web Services
4 13 (1.48%) XML
5 10 (1.14%) .NET
5 10 (1.14%) HTML
6 8 (0.91%) CGI
7 6 (0.68%) Node.js
7 6 (0.68%) REST
7 6 (0.68%) SAX
7 6 (0.68%) SOAP
7 6 (0.68%) WebSphere MQ
8 5 (0.57%) CSS
8 5 (0.57%) LEMP Stack
8 5 (0.57%) Oracle Fusion
9 4 (0.46%) ActiveMQ
9 4 (0.46%) ELK Stack
9 4 (0.46%) JRuby
9 4 (0.46%) LAPP Stack
10 3 (0.34%) Ruby on Rails
Miscellaneous
1 71 (8.08%) Clustering
2 66 (7.51%) Data Centre
3 37 (4.21%) Analytical Skills
4 30 (3.41%) Replication
5 27 (3.07%) Management Information System
6 16 (1.82%) EMC VNX
7 12 (1.37%) Hybrid Cloud
8 11 (1.25%) iSeries
9 10 (1.14%) EMC VMAX
10 9 (1.02%) Computer Science
10 9 (1.02%) Enterprise Storage
10 9 (1.02%) Public Cloud
11 8 (0.91%) Health Informatics
11 8 (0.91%) Informatics
11 8 (0.91%) NHS
12 7 (0.80%) Blackberry
12 7 (0.80%) Visualisation
12 7 (0.80%) Wiki
13 6 (0.68%) Freedom of Information Act
13 6 (0.68%) Mathematics
Operating Systems
1 528 (60.07%) Linux
2 324 (36.86%) Windows
3 292 (33.22%) Unix
4 255 (29.01%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 186 (21.16%) Solaris
6 150 (17.06%) Windows Server
7 125 (14.22%) Windows Server 2008
8 89 (10.13%) AIX
9 82 (9.33%) Windows Server 2012
10 65 (7.39%) CentOS
11 44 (5.01%) Ubuntu
12 43 (4.89%) Windows Server 2003
13 25 (2.84%) SUSE
14 23 (2.62%) Windows 7
15 22 (2.50%) HPUX
16 14 (1.59%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
17 10 (1.14%) Debian
18 8 (0.91%) Oracle Linux
18 8 (0.91%) VMS
18 8 (0.91%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 134 (15.24%) ITIL
2 125 (14.22%) DevOps
3 102 (11.60%) Configuration Management
4 97 (11.04%) Migration
5 69 (7.85%) Load Balancing
6 57 (6.48%) Open Source
7 54 (6.14%) Change Management
7 54 (6.14%) High Availability
8 46 (5.23%) Disaster Recovery
9 44 (5.01%) Agile Software Development
10 40 (4.55%) Incident Management
11 38 (4.32%) Virtual Environments
12 35 (3.98%) Service Management
13 34 (3.87%) Performance Tuning
14 27 (3.07%) Project Management
15 25 (2.84%) Continuous Integration
15 25 (2.84%) Root Cause Analysis
16 24 (2.73%) Change Control
17 23 (2.62%) Performance Monitoring
18 21 (2.39%) Continuous Delivery
Programming Languages
1 137 (15.59%) Perl
2 134 (15.24%) PowerShell
3 118 (13.42%) SQL
4 115 (13.08%) Python
5 95 (10.81%) Bash Shell
6 77 (8.76%) Shell Script
7 73 (8.30%) PHP
8 52 (5.92%) Ruby
9 51 (5.80%) Java
10 20 (2.28%) JavaScript
11 15 (1.71%) C
11 15 (1.71%) VBScript
12 10 (1.14%) Korn
13 9 (1.02%) Bourne shell
13 9 (1.02%) C++
13 9 (1.02%) PL/SQL
13 9 (1.02%) VB
14 8 (0.91%) SystemTap
14 8 (0.91%) T-SQL
15 7 (0.80%) RPG IV
Qualifications
1 55 (6.26%) Security Cleared
2 34 (3.87%) SC Cleared
3 29 (3.30%) CCNA
3 29 (3.30%) Cisco Certification
4 21 (2.39%) Degree
5 17 (1.93%) DV Cleared
6 15 (1.71%) RHCE
7 14 (1.59%) MCP
7 14 (1.59%) Microsoft Certification
7 14 (1.59%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 10 (1.14%) CCNP
9 9 (1.02%) ITIL Certification
10 8 (0.91%) AAT
10 8 (0.91%) RHCSA
11 7 (0.80%) MCSE
12 4 (0.46%) PRINCE2 Certification
13 3 (0.34%) BPSS Clearance
13 3 (0.34%) CCDP
13 3 (0.34%) CCIE
13 3 (0.34%) VCAP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 49 (5.57%) SLA
2 7 (0.80%) Sarbanes-Oxley
3 6 (0.68%) PCI DSS
3 6 (0.68%) QA
4 4 (0.46%) Disclosure Scotland
4 4 (0.46%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 185 (21.05%) Active Directory
2 156 (17.75%) VMware Infrastructure
3 59 (6.71%) Veritas Volume Manager
4 46 (5.23%) vSphere
5 41 (4.66%) Veritas Cluster Server
6 40 (4.55%) Virtual Machines
7 30 (3.41%) NFS
8 25 (2.84%) Hyper-V
9 22 (2.50%) VMware ESX
10 20 (2.28%) Firmware
11 19 (2.16%) KVM
11 19 (2.16%) VMware ESXi
12 18 (2.05%) iptables
13 17 (1.93%) Veritas File System
14 16 (1.82%) Docker
14 16 (1.82%) XenApp
15 15 (1.71%) Postfix
15 15 (1.71%) Virtual Servers
16 11 (1.25%) Sendmail
17 9 (1.02%) RHEV
Systems Management
1 197 (22.41%) Puppet
2 94 (10.69%) Opscode Chef
3 86 (9.78%) Ansible
4 77 (8.76%) Nagios
5 66 (7.51%) SCOM
6 59 (6.71%) SCCM
7 58 (6.60%) NetBackup
8 29 (3.30%) WSUS
9 16 (1.82%) Oracle ZFS
10 14 (1.59%) Control-M
10 14 (1.59%) HAProxy
10 14 (1.59%) Red Hat Satellite
11 13 (1.48%) ZABBIX
12 12 (1.37%) Microsoft Clustering
13 11 (1.25%) OSSEC
13 11 (1.25%) Tivoli Storage Manager
14 10 (1.14%) Cobbler
14 10 (1.14%) Norton AntiVirus
14 10 (1.14%) Oracle RMAN
14 10 (1.14%) Terraform
Vendors
1 264 (30.03%) Red Hat
2 258 (29.35%) VMware
3 163 (18.54%) Microsoft
4 118 (13.42%) Oracle
5 100 (11.38%) EMC
6 98 (11.15%) HP
7 95 (10.81%) Veritas
8 80 (9.10%) Cisco
8 80 (9.10%) IBM
9 62 (7.05%) NetApp
10 54 (6.14%) Citrix
11 44 (5.01%) Symantec
12 38 (4.32%) Dell
13 37 (4.21%) Sun
14 21 (2.39%) 3PAR
15 20 (2.28%) Brocade
16 19 (2.16%) Splunk
17 18 (2.05%) ServiceNow
18 14 (1.59%) CA
18 14 (1.59%) SolarWinds
Surrey
Linux Recruit
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: 51 minutes ago
Bristol, Avon
Yoh
Rate: £300 - £400 per day
Posted: 3 hours ago
London
TEKsystems
Rate: £400 - £430 per day
Posted: 3 hours ago
Oxfordshire
Austin Fraser
Posted: 6 days ago
City, London
Global Technology Solutions Ltd
Rate: £25.00 - £30.00 per hour
Posted: 4 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
McGregor Boyall
Rate: £350 - £450 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
McGregor Boyall
Rate: £350 - £450 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
City, London
Ebury
Rate: £350.00 - £400.00 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
Rullion IT Plus
Rate: £320 - £330 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Stafford-Sharp Associates
Rate: £400.00 - £450.00 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
London
Stafford-Sharp Associates
Rate: £425.00 - £500.00 per annum
Posted: 5 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Square One Resources
Rate: Market rates
Posted: 5 days ago